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Advanced Computing Technologies (MSc)

Course Description

This is a specialised programme of study of advanced computing technologies, data science and data analytics focusing on areas of expertise and research specialisation within the Department of Computer Science and Information Systems. Modules cover state-of-the-art techniques in areas including the management and analysis of 'big data', software development of information systems in cloud, mobile and web-based architectures, and computational methods for intelligent information management and analysis.

You will gain specialist knowledge of the above areas, which you can then employ in analysis of problems arising in the use of advanced computing technologies, evaluation and application of technologies, and research into, and development of, new technologies.

Why study this course at Birkbeck?

Designed for students wishing to advance their knowledge of advanced computing technologies, data science and data analytics.
You may be working in the IT sector already and wish to update your skills, or may intend to pursue a career in IT or a research degree.
Significant coverage of emerging technologies and research developments in areas of growing importance in the IT industry.
You may choose modules in specialised areas leading to the award of an MSc Data Analytics, MSc Information and Web Technologies or MSc Intelligent Technologies.
You will have 24-hour access to several laboratories of networked PCs with a range of language compilers, database and other application software. We are connected, via the SuperJANET network, to the computers of other academic institutions in London, elsewhere in the UK and abroad.

Visit the Advanced Computing Technologies (MSc) page on the Birkbeck, University of London website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Noor Din

4054.jpg He said: ‘I had been buying lots of O’Reilly Media ebooks and dabbling in many MOOCs (massive open online courses), webinars and attending events, but what I realised was I wanted formal teaching in a structured way, and a programme with an externally-recognised qualification.

‘I needed more structure and interaction than a MOOC. Here at Birkbeck, there’s both formal teaching but also peer-to-peer learning and support which is so important.’

Aside from delving whole-heartedly into his academic journey offered at the College – he only missed two lectures during his entire first year – Noor Din has made the most of other offerings: namely the Careers and Employability and Birkbeck Talent recruitment services. He attended most sessions and events run by the services’ consultants in his first year, including the ‘Talent-IT Insight’ event run by global recruitment experts, Harvey Nash.

These events and services, he said, have offered valuable insight into how to increase your employability, especially when pivoting one’s career.

He said: ‘I’m following the advice of the careers service to build a digital presence for yourself, a professional digital presence. This is probably the single best piece of advice I’ve had.’

Noor Din has already put this advice to practice, becoming a prodigious ‘tweeter’ on the topics of big data analytics, start-ups and new technology, increasing his follower numbers from 30 to nearly 1,000 in 12 weeks. He has 5,000 tweets to date.

‘I’ve got top thought-leaders not only following me, but direct messaging me. This is so useful because, while there are no job offers as such, this is getting me noticed by powerful people in an industry I want to move into,’ he said.

And in a crowded marketplace, he added, it’s vital to differentiate yourself.

‘If I apply for a job, and my CV is in front of a recruiter, the chances are that they will Google me, and because of all this activity I’ve been doing, I’ll be right at the top of their search. It will show that I have already been interactive with the likes of Booz Allen Hamilton (Dr Kirk D Borne) and Salesforce.com. It says, “this person has knowledge, is making contributions and has been consistently engaging in this industry for years”.’


Postgraduate Support Scheme for final-year undergraduates (full-time) - 20+ Awards

We are pleased to announce that, for October 2015 entry, Birkbeck has a limited number of new £10,000 postgraduate scholarships. These scholarships are for students progressing from a full-time undergraduate degree to a part-time Master’s degree starting in 2015/16.

Value of Scholarship(s)



To be eligible for the scholarship you must be:Starting a 2-year part-time taught Master’s degree in 2015/16
Domiciled in the UK/EU
Progressing from an undergraduate course for which you were charged the higher tuition fee (applicable since 2012–13)
Studying at postgraduate Master’s level for the first time

Application Procedure

If you want to apply for this support, you must follow these steps:Submit an application for your intended course
Submit an application for the Postgraduate Support Scheme

Further Information


Entry Requirements

A good first degree or MSc in computer science, with the syllabus containing a substantial amount of programming, preferably in an object-oriented language. Joint honours computing graduates may also be eligible, provided they have covered a substantial amount of programming, or have equivalent professional experience in the IT industry. If English is not your first language or you have not previously studied in English, our usual requirement is the equivalent of an International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic Test) score of 6.5, with not less than 6.0 in each of the sub-tests.

Course Fees

Part-time home/EU students: £ 3975 pa Full-time home/EU students: £ 7950 pa

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